Finnish patent applications fast-tracked in China

The PPH agreement signed by the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (NBPR) and the Chinese Patent Office (SIPO) entered into force on 1 January 2013. PPH (Patent Prosecution Highway) enables the patent offices to exchange information and to fast-track the processing of patent applications.

This agreement allows an applicant of a Finnish patent to request accelerated processing at the Patent Office of the People’s Republic of China, if a corresponding application has been accepted by the NBPR. Correspondingly, on the basis of a patent application accepted in China, the applicant can request accelerated processing at the NBPR. The agreement between Finland and China also applies to PCT applications.

China has become the world’s leading patent nation. In 2011, over half a million patent applications were filed in China, more than anywhere else in the world. Finnish businesses file more than 1,000 patent applications in China every year. Intellectual property rights, patents in particular, are substantially emphasised in China’s development strategy.

The idea of the PPH system is to fast-track the processing of patent applications and to reduce the amount of overlapping examination work carried out in different patent offices. Through the PPH system, patent applicants can achieve significant economic and time-saving benefits.

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For further information, please contact:

Mr Juha Rekola
Development Director
juha.rekola@prh.fi
Tel. +358 9 6939 5504

Ms Hanna Aho
Examiner
hanna.aho@prh.fi
Tel. +358 9 6939 5488

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Latest update 15.01.2013